Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica
For its participation to ART-O-RAMA Laveronica arte contemporanea will present Hausbaumaschine a project by israeli artist Amir Yatziv along with recent large scale photographs by Moira Ricci.
Amir Yatziv primarily works with the media of video and photography. Dealing with history, his works show a documentary character. He is particularly concerned with the practices of the military and their impact on social life. The Hausbaumaschine (2014) (House-Building Machine) is based on a design by architect Ernst Neufert, which was created in the context of the commission of Albert Speer to expand the city of “Greater Berlin”. Through the Hausbaumaschine project, Amir Yatziv shows us the social risks associated with the misuse of the potential of technology without proper reflection of social, ethical and political nature. In the video Hausbaumaschine, Amir Yatziv reiterates what Hannah Arendt in her treatise on “the banality of evil” described as something completely negative: the inability to think. Behind this “terrible normality, the military bureaucratic mass was – and is – capable of committing the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.
Moira Ricci’s work (photography, video, installation), often autobiographical, probes individual and social identity, family history, home and the original ties with territory, interweaving technological invention to rediscover the image of popular appurtenance. The photo series depicts houses on various farms assigned by the Ente Maremma institution when this marshy area was drained. By eliminating the doors and windows, the artist has transformed these dwellings into the inert witnesses of this condition. Dove il cielo è più vicino is a trajectory of vision, tension, a desire. As always, the artist starts from personal experience. This work is centred on the earth, which is facing a crisis, as it is increasingly abandoned by farmers who are unable to eke out a living through their labour.